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Some Tim Thomas History

From Yvonne Marton at Wheels.ca:

As a teen, he says he was shooting for the Olympics (he ultimately won silver at the 2010 Games) and “still had the dream to play pro hockey.” But his immediate goal was to get a college scholarship. Attending college would be a family first.

With the auto industry in decline, well-paying jobs with GM were scarce (made famous in Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me, which illustrated the impact of GM’s plant closures and subsequent job losses on Flint).

“Unless you had somebody who was in the union leadership, you weren’t getting in so that was never a goal of mine. And I didn’t know if I was going to end up a car salesman, because my dad was in it and my uncles were in it,” Thomas says.

“Actually, I wanted to go to college so bad because I didn’t want to be a car salesman and that was really the only option that you could see from Flint, Mich.”

And a scholarship was the only way Thomas said he could afford to go to college: money was tight. In addition to buying and reselling cars, he also pitched products door-to-door; exhibiting a lot of initiative for a teenage boy.

continued… with some hockey, some automobile talk

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

I went to callege with Thomas, St Louis and Eric Perron…. used to work at a bar the UVM hockey team would visit too. All are good guys.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/11 at 05:03 PM ET

Link_Gaetz's avatar

It’s definitely tough to hate Tim Thomas when you read stories like that.

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 04/22/11 at 05:07 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Tim Thomas graduated from the same high school as I did in Davison, MI, although I was already gone by time he started high school.  Here’s another neat little blurb for you:

“I was never really looking over my shoulder anywhere I was, no matter what my age,” said Thomas, who made 62 saves in Davison’s 3-2 six-overtime victory over Port Huron Northern in a 1991 regional championship game.

“I was concentrating on trying to do the best I can do. That’s the right mindset. When you have other goalies on your team, the media asks the question, ‘Is there competition?’ I never looked at it as a competition with other goalies; the competition has always been with myself.”

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Posted by Forlorn in VA on 04/22/11 at 05:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Good man with a straight head on his shoulders.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/22/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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